Kenny Anthony

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Kenny Anthony
6th Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
In office
30 November 2011 – 7 June 2016
MonarchElizabeth II
DeputyPhilip J. Pierre[1]
Governor GeneralPearlette Louisy
Preceded byStephenson King
Succeeded byAllen Chastanet
In office
24 May 1997 – 15 December 2006
MonarchElizabeth II
DeputyMario Michel
Governor GeneralGeorge Mallet
Pearlette Louisy
Preceded byVaughan Lewis
Succeeded byJohn Compton
Personal details
Born (1951-01-08) 8 January 1951 (age 72)
Laborie, Saint Lucia
[citation needed]
Political partyLabour Party
SpouseRose-Marie Belle Antoine
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies at Cave Hill
University of Birmingham

Kenny Davis Anthony (born 8 January 1951[2]) is a Saint Lucian politician who was Prime Minister of Saint Lucia from 1997 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2016. As leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party, he was Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2011 and returned to office as Prime Minister on 30 November 2011 following the 2011 election.[3] He left office after the SLP's defeat in the 2016 election and announced his resignation as party leader.

Political career[edit]

Anthony is a graduate of the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill and the University of Birmingham. In the Labour government that led the country from 1979 to 1982, Anthony was Special Advisor to the Ministry of Education and Culture from August 1979 to December 1980, then Minister of Education from December 1980 to March 1981. He was a member of the secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from March 1995[2] until he was elected leader of the Labour Party.

He became Prime Minister on 24 May 1997, a day after the SLP won parliamentary elections. While Prime Minister, he was also the Minister of Finance and Broadcasting.[4]

During his leadership and his party's reign, Anthony led St. Lucia to record development in tourism, infrastructure and general economic development. However, imbalances in the economic development, disenfranchisement and raising crime levels are challenges his administration had difficulty to tackle. Since he regained power in 2011 there has been an increase in the number of impoverish persons on the island. Together with much economic development came steady increases in violent crime at a rate higher than many neighbouring islands and that caused many to draw comparisons with Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Kenny D. Anthony is an Honorary Member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.[5]

General election defeat[edit]

In the general elections held on 11 December 2006, the SLP suffered a surprise defeat by 11 seats to 6 at the hands of the John Compton-led UWP. While the SLP lost the election by 5 seats, the popular vote margin was in fact very slim, just over 2000 votes.

Anthony himself won a handsome victory in his constituency, Vieux Fort South, winning by 627 votes, only a few less than in the SLP's landslide election victory. Anthony remained head of the party and assumed the role of Leader of the Opposition.[6]

An interesting twist to the 2006 elections saga is that many feel that St. Lucians went to the polls not to elect a new government but to ensure that there would be a tougher opposition as against the 16–1 majority that the SLP had previously enjoyed. In a fate of irony, voters perhaps over-compensated for the frequent poll reports and political pundits' predictions that the SLP would again win a third term with a 14–3 majority. Many feel that, had Anthony himself not latched on to those poll results, he might have been better able to convince his own supporters that they were not yet in the clear and to turn out to vote in larger numbers.

Further, the reaction of many voters to the crossing over of former UWP leader Vaughan Lewis to the SLP was not positive. Lewis was a staunch opponent of the Labour government and the former Prime Minister who had lost the elections to the SLP - albeit after being handed the post only one year before the fateful loss. Anthony and Lewis have both stated publicly that all the "bad blood" between them was now "water under the bridge".

In late July 2007, Anthony said that Compton's illness, caused by a series of strokes, and his inability to perform his duties - Stephenson King was named acting Prime Minister - meant that a new election should be held.[7] Anthony was head of the Commonwealth of Nations observer mission in the August 2007 election in Sierra Leone. He gave the election a positive appraisal.[8]

In March 2008, Anthony visited Cuba where he voiced his appreciation for its support of Saint Lucia. He toured Havana and Cienfuegos Province, and met with senior officials including First Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura.[9]

Anthony was returned to Prime Ministership on 30 November 2011 following the Saint Lucia Labour Party electoral win at the 2011 elections, winning 11 out of the 17 seats in Parliament.

Following the general elections on 6 June 2016 in which the SLP lost by 11 seats to six, Anthony announced that he would step down as party leader. He was re-elected in his constituency of Vieux Fort South and said that he would remain in Parliament.[10]


  1. ^ "Hon. Philip J. Pierre: 25 years of sterling Representation to Castries East". St. Lucia News From The Voice. 22 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b Government page on Anthony Archived 2012-06-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "I SWEAR: Kenny Anthony sworn in as Prime Minister". 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-01.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Saint Lucia Background Note (11/07)".
  5. ^ "The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation".
  6. ^ "Dr. Anthony places his fate in the hands of SLP delegates",, 22 December 2006.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Former St. Lucia PM Calls For New Elections",, 27 July 2007. Archived 5 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Observers hail polls in Sierra Leone", AFP (IOL), 13 August 2007. Archived 15 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "St Lucia Thanks Cuban Aid", Prensa Latina, 23 March 2008.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Anthony steps down as SLP leader". St. Lucia News Online. 6 June 2016. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Kenny Anthony at Wikimedia Commons
  • Biography available in Profile: Prime Ministers of Saint Lucia (Volume 2). ISBN 1511546433.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
Succeeded by